Surrogacy & Fertility Lawyers for Western Canada
Surrogacy and fertility services have created relatively new legal issues. The law has difficulty keeping up with changes in technology that have made it possible for many Canadians to become parents.
This is why it is so important to work with a surrogacy or fertility lawyer who can help protect your most important legal rights – those of a parent.
At Spectrum Family Law, our experienced family lawyers are committed to helping both individuals and couples build their families. Learn more about how you can protect your legal rights in surrogacy arrangements.
Same-Sex Couples Surrogacy and Fertility
Same-sex couples utilize many of the same surrogacy and fertility services that opposite couples do. You might need an egg donor, a sperm donor, a surrogate, or all three. The legal restrictions of the Federal Human Assisted Reproduction Act apply to both gay and straight participants equally.
Same-sex couples can also protect their rights as intended parents with surrogacy agreements and birth registrations. While same-sex couples still face certain challenges in the process of surrogacy or fertility services, many of these can be overcome with the advice of an experienced lawyer.
Some same-sex couples choose to adopt instead of utilizing surrogacy or fertility services. Canada was one of the first countries to approve same-sex marriage back in 2005. The last fifteen years have seen much progress in LGBTQ+ rights. Now, many Canadian same-sex couples have access to the same adoption services and availability as opposite-sex couples.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Same-sex couples might experience some barriers to adoption – especially if they are attempting to work with an international adoption agency. Many of these agencies are unable to work with same-sex couples at all due to restrictive laws in the birth mother’s home country. An experienced adoption lawyer can help you find the right adoption services for same-sex couples.
Our Surrogacy and Fertility Law Services
The experienced surrogacy and fertility lawyers at Spectrum Family Law offer many important legal services for surrogates, donors, and intended parents. These include:
- Donation agreements for eggs, sperm, or embryos
- Surrogacy agreements for the surrogate or intended parents
- Registration of Birth, Declarations of Parentage, and Second Parent Adoptions (These are different methods that can be used by an intended parent who is seeking to establish legal parentage when he or she is not a genetic parent. Consult with a surrogacy lawyer about which is appropriate for your specific circumstances.)
- General advice and legal advocacy
Please contact us now to schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers. We look forward to meeting with you.
Conan Taylor is the managing partner of Spectrum Family Law. He practices exclusively in the areas of workplace law, including labour, employment, and commercial litigation matters. In his over 15 years of practice, Mr. Taylor has represented both individuals and corporations respecting their workplace law matters.